- Sensorineural hearing loss
This type of hearing loss is caused by a disorder in the cochlea (main organ of hearing) or in the auditory nerve. A very common cause of sensorineural hearing loss is damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent.
Possible causes of sensorineural hearing loss
- Degeneration at the level of the cochlea due to increasing age
- Exposure to excessive noise
- Medication/drugs that are toxic to the ear
- A viral infection of the cochlea
- Congenital infections (e.g.: your mother had rubella while pregnant)
- A tumour on the auditory nerve
It is usually not possible to treat sensorineural hearing loss medically or surgically. Hearing aids are typically recommended in order to manage a sensorineural hearing loss.